“How do you help your community?”
This past Saturday, at the North of McKnight Family Fun Fair, we asked families how they help their community as an act of peace. At YMCA Calgary, we believe in the power of peace through the everyday actions of community members. Six year old Shanah proudly helps her community of Falconridge by picking up litter on the ground when she goes to the park. Her mother supports the community by providing child care for her neighbours.
Many people choose to advance peace through their selfless acts of kindness, courage and understanding. Whether they work locally or abroad, alone or in groups, they make a meaningful contribution to a better community and a more compassionate world.
Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone for their dedication to peace. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved. Recipients will be honoured at the 2014 Peace Medals event on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, during YMCA Peace Week.
Get started today! The nomination categories are:
- Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
- Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
- Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
- International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
- International Peace Initiatives by a Group
- International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
- Humanitarian Peace Initiative
- YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative
Submit your nomination for 2014 Peace Medals Recipients by October 15, 2014! https://www.ymcacalgary.org/blog/nominate-an-outstanding-calgarian/
“Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationship among nations. We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us. The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities.”
~ YMCA Statement on Peace
The Diversity and Student for Change Council was the recipient of the 2011 Community Youth Peace Medal award. The Diversity Council began when teachers and students identified negative issues in their school and community, which centred on a lack of inclusion and respect for diversity. The Diversity Council is run by students, and raises funds and awareness for a variety of justice causes. As active and responsible citizens, the students are role models for their school’s student body and the rest of their community. Watch this video to learn more about the work that the Diversity Council does to create peace.
Sophia Shah, one of the members of the Diversity Council, reflected on her experience after receiving the Peace Medal. “It meant a lot to me to know that someone out there was appreciating the work we did and took the time to nominate our Council,” says Sophia. “Though an award or medal doesn’t determine your deed and the intentions for it, being a Peace Medal recipient sure made me feel like our work was well worth it.”
After receiving the award, the work that the Diversity Council completed did not slow, and became an inspiration for the Council to keep working at achieving their goals.
Sophia says that the Peace Medal was a motivation for herself and the entire Council, to continue to make a difference. “Seeing our Council in the newspaper was amazing. Every time I look at the article clipping I cut and kept from the Calgary Herald, I feel even more inspired to make a difference. My dream isn’t entirely to be known for the difference I ever make, it’s just to do something for the world and have the feeling of satisfaction within me.”
Sophia also says that her work with peacemaking has impacted her view of the world. “I feel a lot more passionate for the world. I’m more optimistic for what I will be able to achieve in life. I’m more aware of my surroundings, my community, the people around me, and events that affect the whole world.”
If know of an individual or group like the Diversity and Student for Change Council who helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2013 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal!
Do you know someone in your community who has done amazing work? Nominate them for a YMCA Peace Medal!
We have seen a great deal of generosity, compassion and kindness since the Southern Alberta Flood Emergency. A YMCA Peace Medal nomination is a great way to honour someone who deserves to be recognized for their efforts in making our communities a better place. Your nomination also helps create awareness about community needs and inspires others to get involved.
Help us celebrate and honour outstanding Calgarians. The recipients will be honoured at the 2013 Peace Medals event happening on Thursday, November 21, 2013, during YMCA Peace Week.
The nomination categories are:
Community Peace Initiatives by an Individual
Community Peace Initiatives by a Group
Community Peace Initiatives by a Youth
International Peace Initiatives by an Individual
International Peace Initiatives by a Group
International Peace Initiatives by a Youth
Humanitarian Peace Initiative
YMCA Calgary Staff Peace Initiative
Download the Nomination Package
Submission deadline: Oct 1, 2013
Contact Selena Gignac, Community Outreach Manager at 403-537-1716 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Each year the YMCA Calgary Board of Directors reviews its composition and seeks to replace vacancies created by ‘graduating’ Board members with individuals from the Calgary community.
YMCA serves the needs of our diverse community and Board composition aims to also reflect the diversity of our community. Board members, who serve a three-year term, play a governance role in supporting the strategic vision of YMCA Calgary.
We are currently seeking two new members with one or more of the following professional competencies and skills:
- Experience in Health & Wellness
- Legal Expertise
- Human Resources & Governance Experience
If you are committed to playing a leadership role in our community including supporting the financial sustainability of the organization, possess the preceding core competencies and are passionate about telling ‘the YMCA story’, please consider a nomination.
Individuals may express their interest by providing their resumes on or before January 31, 2013 to:
Attention: Nominating and Board Governance Committee
101 – 3 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 4G6
The process for selection of new Board members occurs in February and March for the presentation to the Annual General Meeting in early May.
For more information:
- Deborah Yedlin, Chair, Nominating & Board Governance Committee
- Helene Weir, President & CEO, YMCA Calgary
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Written by International Volunteer Ann Zalucky
As Calgarians we know our winter can often be long, which is why we try to make the most out of the summer and fall months. It comes as no surprise that many of us have taken to the streets as runners and walkers to enjoy as much of the outdoors as possible. This year will be the first time a run and walk fundraiser will help promote peace one step at a time.
The Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary and Project Ploughshares Calgary are holding The Calgary Peace Run on September 23 at the Eau Claire Running Room. The 5k and 10k run and walk is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, while emphasizing the importance of healthy and peaceful relationships on a local, national and global scale. This is a truly unique idea that will be the first of its kind in Calgary.
All money raised will be used to fund projects of Ploughshares Calgary, the Consortium for Peace Studies, as well as a third program known as cdPeace. CdPeace is an organization based out of Sierra Leone, Africa and has worked to develop education programs and promote social justice, not only in Sierra Leone, but across the world.
If you are interested in supporting a great cause, improve on your personal running time, or just be part of the peace movement, registration info can be found here.
This event is also a perfect example of a local initiative that supports the goals and ideals of the YMCA Calgary Peace Medal award. If you know of an individual or organization that helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2012 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal today!
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